The mission of the ISME SIG on Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation is to improve music teaching and learning through the dissemination of new knowledge and practices of assessment, measurement, and evaluation in music education. Accountability for music learning is an area of growing interest among music educators because assessment is an area in which there has been insufficient teacher preparation in many countries. The growing need for the dissemination of research, scholarship, and practice in assessment in music education is addressed for ISME members through the AME SIG.
ISME members advance music education worldwide in their roles as musician-teachers and researchers, and a growing body of evidence supports the consensus that excellent music teachers know and implement appropriate assessments to further their students' musical growth and their own professional development. Teaching and assessment are inseparable components of music education in its many forms and practices across the world's cultures and continents. The ISME SIG on Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation provides ISME members a venue for presenting research and practice from multiple cultural, theoretical, philosophical and practical points of view and, in turn, affords ISME members the opportunity to gain knowledge of current research and practice in music education assessment from internationally recognized scholars and practitioners.
Specifically, the aims of the AME SIG are to:
- Serve as a resource for ISME members and provide a means to organize the international discourse in this area within the Society.
- Encourage the development of new knowledge and practice in assessment, measurement, and evaluation that honors and transcends cultural, racial, and socioeconomic differences.
- Provide an international venue for the dissemination of new knowledge and practice in assessment, measurement, and evaluation.
- Identify and honor both the unique and universal characteristics of approaches to assessment, measurement, and evaluation across the world's cultures and continents.
- Advance the profession worldwide by improving music teaching, music learning, and music teacher preparation through increased knowledge of the practice of assessment in music education.
- Stimulate new research in the field as an outcome of international communication and cooperation.